While dual-purpose livestock breeds are not exactly commonplace anymore, they are frequently favorites on many small farms and homesteads. Chicken breeds that are suitable for both meat and eggs are probably the most common, followed by cattle that can serve meat, milk, and draft purposes alike. But there are also sheep suitable for fiber, meat,Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Dual-Purpose Livestock”
Just how old the Hamburg breed is or where it came from, we may never know. Conflicting information abounds today. Some believe the breed traces back to the 1300s, while others suggest it is of more recent origin. Many experts claim that the Hamburg was first developed in Holland, while it is sometimes rumored thatContinue reading “Hamburg”
The three most common types of livestock that herding dogs work with in the United States are ducks, sheep, and cattle. Other animals that are regularly herded with dogs are chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats. Some talented dogs can herd all of these species. However, many others are a little more specialized, particularly in theContinue reading “A Guide to Herding by Livestock Species”
No matter where you live, no matter what your country living interests are, you must have a copy of this book. This may seem like an exaggeration or an overzealous endorsement. Rest assured, it’s not. You will see why once you start using it on your own farm. The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What toContinue reading “The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner”
The Dominique is a classic American creation from colonial days that early chicken keepers crafted from just about every breed available to them. What exactly went into the mix is open for debate. Sussex, Dorking, and other favorite British breeds doubtlessly played a role. The Hamburg may also have had a major influence. The DominiqueContinue reading “Dominique”
Due to its bulldoggish appearance, some fear that the Cornish was originally bred for the cruel sport of fighting. Thankfully, this is not the case. Although descended from fierce birds such as the Asil, the Malay, and the Old English Game Fowl, the Cornish was specifically produced for the tables of Cornwall during its earliestContinue reading “Cornish”
The Cochin may require dedicated care, but it can earn its keep as a broody hen without equal.
The dignity and size of the feather-footed Brahma have made it a new favorite in America.
This crossbred chicken may quickly become your favorite dual-purpose homestead workhorse.
Sweet, hardy, versatile—your backyard flock might just need a few of these hard-working hens.